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Choosing between Elite and new Evo

Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 3:47 am
by Serge
Hello! I am going to buy an Airfusion choosing between Elite and new Evo, and would like to ask a couple of questions to Admin about these models:

1. Comparing specifications I noted that outer shell of Evo is constructed from a polyurethane tarpaulin whereas Elite uses a PVC tarpaulin (or at present Elites are also made from polyurethane tarpaulin?). May I ask what was the purpose of this modification? I have read that polyurethane tarpaulins are sometimes less durable than PVC.
2. Since Evo is about ten centimeters more narrow, difference in speed and stability may be visible. So is Evo going to replace Elite or they will co-exist targeting different user groups (Evo for experts and Elite for mid-level kayakers)?

Thank you very much!

Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:33 pm
by rlpugh1
Hi Serge,

We chose to change from PVC Tarpaulin to PU Tarpaulin because PU is more supple so it smooths out better which creates a more hydrodynamic outer skin. Due to PU costing much more than PVC, the Elite will retain the use of PVC Tarpaulin in it's construction. We have not found the PU Tarpaulin to be any less durable than the PVC Tarpaulin.
Although the EVO is more narrow I have not noticed any change in stability, but I would say that it is a little faster. The Elite is not going to be discontinued, instead it will remain as an option for the price conscious.

Posted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:00 am
by Serge
Thanks a lot for prompt reply! If Evo is only a little faster than Elite, then its main practical advantage is simplification of the setup procedure, right? Have you noted improvements in “turning to one sideâ€￾ and “driftingâ€￾ problems that some Airfusion owners (both Classic and Elite) reported in this forum?

Posted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:22 pm
by rlpugh1
Simplified set-up, more rigidity due to the drop-stitch air chambers, and a smoother more hydrodynamic outer skin are the improvements/advantages of the EVO.

The "turning" and "drifting" problems that you have mentioned are in reference to the main air chambers being out of alignment. This misalignment typically happens (but not always) when the user completely disassembles the kayak and then puts the main chambers back in out-of-alignment OR the proper inflation and setup process is not followed. Although the EVO has less inflation chambers, they do still require being properly aligned in the kayak so, if someone was to take the main chambers out of the kayak and then put them back in improperly or misaligned, the kayak would not perform properly.